Drug Free Sport New Zealand

Ministry for Culture & Heritage

  • Part Time Fixed Term
  • Wellington

Drug Free Sport New Zealand  
Board Member
Vacancy 2020/G05
Fixed term 
Part time 


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Would you like to be a part of governing an independent Crown entity in the sport sector?

Do you have strong experience in governance, sports participation and/or administration? 

Can you apply insights from your sports background to the work of Drug Free Sport New Zealand? 


We are seeking candidates who wish to be considered for appointment as a member of the Drug Free Sport New Zealand Board, on behalf of the Minister for Sport and Recreation. 

Ko wai mātou | Who we are

Drug Free Sport New Zealand is an independent Crown entity operating under the Sports Anti-Doping Act 2006. Its mission is to help protect the integrity and reputation of sport and the health of athletes, by:

  • educating, supporting and advocating for clean athletes
  • deterring and detecting doping, holding dopers to account
  • engaging with our wider sporting communities. 

Drug Free Sport New Zealand (DFSNZ) is government-funded and is accountable to the Minister for Sport and Recreation. 

The organisation is overseen by a board of up to five members, including the Chair, appointed by the Governor-General on the Minister’s recommendation. DFSNZ has a staff of 14 full-time and part-time employees plus independent contractors who work in the field collecting samples and/or educating athletes and support personnel. 

Through world class education, intelligence and investigations and testing programs, it is one of the world’s leading National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) and well respected in the international anti-doping community.

Kōrero mō te tūranga | About the Role

Being a board member of a Crown entity is rewarding and challenging. In this role, your focus will be to add value and drive the performance of Drug Free Sport New Zealand. You will be involved in:

  • setting strategic direction and priorities
  • developing board policies and expectations for management
    • identifying and managing risks 
    • monitoring and evaluating the performance of the organisation, and 
    • acting as a strong advocate for the work of DFSNZ, including working to ensure effective communication with key stakeholders.

Kōrero mōu | About you

You will be joining a successful organisation of passionate staff and board members that faces growing challenges in the world of anti-doping.  We are looking for candidates who demonstrate the essential criteria, as well as expertise in one or more of the areas described in the additional criteria.

Essential Criteria:

  • sound knowledge and experience in governance
  • understanding and experience of the Aotearoa New Zealand Sport and Recreation sector
  • financial acumen and/or the ability to provide a compelling athlete perspective
  • sound communication skills
  • time and energy for the position.

Additional Preferred Criteria:

  • knowledge of and experience in:
  • an understanding of Crown governance and accountability to the public  
  • familiarity working in a regulatory decision-making environment 
  • te ao Māori and tikanga Māori culture competence.
  • experience in intelligence and investigations
  • anti-doping knowledge, preferably expertise
  • experience in the education field.
    • law
    • sports medicine, or
    • sports participation and administration 

Any person who feels they can meet most of our criteria is welcome to apply. We value diversity and do not discriminate based on ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status. 

You may live anywhere in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Board usually meets six times a year in Auckland. The annual commitment for Crown entity board members is around 15 days a year, which includes attending meetings, preparation and other duties. 

Want to know more about Drug Free Sport New Zealand?  Visit the DFSNZ website: https://drugfreesport.org.nz

Manatū Taonga supports Ministers to appoint and maintain effective boards of entities across Aotearoa New Zealand’s art, heritage, broadcasting and sport sectors. 

Want to know more about Manatū Taonga? View our booklet ‘Promoting a confident and connected culture’ by clicking on this link here: 


Me pēhea te tono |How to apply

You can find out more about being on a Crown entity board on our Agency Boards and Nominations webpage mch.govt.nz/what-we-do/agency-boards-nominations which includes our governance e‑manual. 

To apply for this position, please download the expression of interest form available next to this advertisement. Complete this form and email it to noms@mch.govt.nz, along with a covering letter and CV if you wish.

Background checks will be undertaken for shortlisted applicants. Your personal information will be handled in accordance with the Privacy Act 2020.

Applications close 5pm, Tuesday 26 January 2021.


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